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on January 6, 2013
I love this series!! This is the second book in the Chef's Toque series and it's a wonderful story about Jamie, the woman Cassie befriended in Dishing Up Romance. Jamie is working for Cassie in the Kitchen Widget and Cooking Club. That is until Jamie suddenly becomes guardian to her three year-old niece, Bailey, when her sister dies unexpectedly. Bailey is a wonderful addition to the story. Anyone who has children can really relate to the funny things this child does. She's hilarious and creates all sorts of havoc in Jamie's no longer orderly life.
But now that Bailey is around, Jamie doesn't think working the long hours in the Kitchen Widget is going to work out for Bailey or Cassie. Trying to emulate her sister's parenting desires of no babysitters, Jamie decides to open her own personal chef service so she can take Bailey to work with her. When that business doesn't go over and Jamie's checkbook is choking, she does what she has to do after being forced to touch Bailey's inheritance money. And that's where Renee comes in. She's Jamie's other sister and a bit of a know-it-all. She thinks Jamie needs to give Bailey a father--no single mother can take care of a child properly. Ha! A lame attempt to get Jamie married because Bailey never knew her father--he died right after she was born.
When Renee introduces Jamie to Chase Walker, a NASCAR driver who's been injured and laid up at his sister's house, Jamie is resistant. Especially when he says he doesn't want any bratty kids around. That sends Jamie off the deep end and she walks out. Realizing the error of his ways, Chase has a change of heart and makes nice. Jamie reluctantly agrees, but it's not what she wants to do. Taking care of a spoiled celebrity is not her idea of fun. But her overdraft account is spitting out other words.
Chase doesn't like being laid up and gives Jamie a run for her money, but does the burning desire between them ignite a flame, or does it send Jamie packing? Hmm, you'll have to read the book to find out. Recipes are yummy with more cute titles, like: Stupid Cupid Exotic Moroccan Chicken, Mission Impossible Poached Pear and Gorgonzola on a Cristini, just to name a few, and reading them in a different point of view is refreshing. Simply Scrumptious!
All I can say is this story is delightful and I can't wait for the next book in the series. Ms. Hughey, you've done it again. I'm one of your biggest fans! Looking forward to the next one!